Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Newest Yogi


So, a yogi is one who practices the art of yoga. That "one" is me. I started a week ago today and am literally hooked for life. I promise not to turn all granola and quit wearing deodorant- so, please erase that stereotype. It is incredible what it has done for my body in just one week. I still have my jelly rolls so you don't have to worry about that. But my muscles have become more toned. My mind is more clear. I am more relaxed as a person. I am really shocked.
I wasn't sold when a friend of mine told me to try it to relieve stress. I thought it was a big crock of malarky. But I tried it and I'm a believer.
Everyday I do a little warm up and then sun-salutations. It's a lot of deep breathing and listening to your body. Coming to "heart center." The stretches and poses I do are basic but I feel like all of my joints are open. Not all clogged up.
The benefits are far reaching. Farther than just stretching and getting toned muscles. I am moving at a more appealing taste for me. I feel lighter. I am learning how to "let things go." My appetite has changed. I don't want to snack as much. I have more energy. I am happier. And believe me it's all from yoga.
AND! Before bed I do this meditation thing. You lay in corpse pose (which is basically on your back arms and legs out) and breathe. That's it for 10 minutes. Just listen to your breath. Feel it move through your body. After that 10 minutes... I am stress-free. I can get in my bed and fall right to sleep instead of tossing and turning for hours and thinking about my day and the next day.
So, if you're in a rut. Yoga is the answer. It will change so much in your life.
And believe me it's for everybody and every body.

4 comments:

Karlenn said...

This totally reminds me of a King of the Hill episode. Do you watch that? His yoga insructor is always striking these crazy poses as he is talking to people, just on the street or whatever. Hilarious. I really like yoga. I'm so glad it's been benefitting you.

Natalie said...

Don't you love it, I DO!! I do it and it has taken all of my back pain away. I totally notice a difference when I don't do it, good for you!!!!!!

Kara & Levi said...

I hate it! I totally cannot get into it. My mom and I took a yoga class when I was in high school at some community center. Everyone would have their eyes closed, peacefully meditating and I would have my eyes closed for a second and then open and peak at everybody. I just can't concentrate! That is why I love running and sweating or chasing a ball around and kicking it I guess. Haha! I love that you love it though!!!

megan said...

Wow, I think I need to try this! LOL I'd love to get a good nights sleep and be stress free! Maybe you should teach an enrichment on it! LOL